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Daniil and Vanya

by Marie-Helene Larochelle, translated by Michelle Winters

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We Need to Talk About Kevin meets Goodnight Mommy in this outrageous modern family thriller.

Emma and Gregory have a perfect life—a gorgeous home, a successful design firm—except for their inability to start a family. Following a traumatic failed pregnancy, they decide to travel to Russia to adopt a pair of twin boys. From the moment they board the plane in St. Petersburg, the twins begin to demonstrate perverse behaviour that grows increasingly ominous, driving a wedge between Emma and Gregory, and alienating their friends and family. The two brothers show worrying signs of lack of empathy, and seem to leave behind a trail of disturbing incidents, and rumours persist as the boys grow into teenagers—even as Emma continues to cling to her dream of the perfect family. A dark, violent, and tense novel, Daniil and Vanya shows the bond between parent and childgone horribly awry.

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"Sinister and awe-inspiringly good."Chatelaine

"Readers will find themselves unable to look away."Quill & Quire

About the Authors

Marie-Helene Larochelle

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Michelle Winters


Esther Griffin lives in Barrie, Ontario, where she teaches creative writing and English literature at Georgian College. She writes poetry, fiction, and graphic forms and is currently working on her thesis novel to complete her MFA in Creative Writing at UBC. Her poetry and fiction have been published in various anthologies. She can be found online at www.esthergriffin.ca.

Tracey McGillivray’s nonfiction has appeared in the Globe and Mail, Today’s Parent, and Don’t Talk To Me About Love. She grew up on a farm near Lake Huron and, after completing an MA in Journalism, worked in health care communications. Tracey lives in Toronto with her husband, two teens and two dogs. “Things Float Away” is her first published fiction.

Shoshana Gertler is a fiction writer living in New Jersey. She began writing stories at the same time that she began reading them. In 2017 she earned an MFA in fiction at The New School in New York City. She has published her work in a handful of newspapers and magazines.
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Contributor Notes

Marie-Helene Larochelle is Associate Professor at York University. Her research is about violence in contemporary French literature. She is the author of two scholarly books, L'abecedaire des monstres. Fragments de Rejean Ducharme (PUL, 2011) winner of Prix de l'Essai 2012. Societe des Ecrivains francophones d'Amerique, and Poetique de l'invective romanesque, L'invectif chez Louis-Ferdinand Celine et Rejean Ducharme (XYZ, 2008), finalist for Prix Raymond-Klibansky 2010. She is also the author of collective scholarly publications including Le Dire-monstre (Tangence, 2009), Identites monstrueuses : violences et invectives dans le roman francophone europeen (Presence francophone, 2010), and Monstres et monstrueux litteraires ( PUL, 2008). Daniiel et Vanya is her first novel, and her second novel, Cyan, will be published in 2020. She lives in Toronto.

Michelle Winters is a writer, painter, and translator from Saint John, N.B., living in Toronto. Her written and visual work stretches the limits of the probable, explores the lushness of the industrial, and anthropomorphizes with gay abandon. Her debut novel, I Am a Truck, was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize.

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"Daniil and Vanya has none of the gentleness for which Canadian literature is sometimes known. It’s savage, direct, and shocking. Marie-Hélène Larochelle’s academic work focuses on violence and vulgarity in French literature, which she explores in this novel without the filter of Canadian politeness. The book goes in swinging and doesn’t stop until it’s gripped you with its haunting brutality to where you can’t look away."—note from the translator Michelle Winters, Scotiabank Giller Prize-nominated author of I Am a Truck


"The sense of dread and horror is physically palpable, and the careful stagecraft of the writing... is precisely calibrated. Readers will find themselves unable to look away... the book is a remarkable achievement."Quill & Quire, starred review


"An unflinching psychological horror story, both sinister and awe-inspiringly good."Chatelaine

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